Acupuncture treatment is effective in reducing the symptoms and frequency of occurrence of panic attacks, and has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce stress and pain sensitivity as well as promoting relaxation.
An episode of extreme anxiety is an extreme ‘flight or fight’ response that can be very frightening and intense. The panic can arrive ‘out of the blue’ when you are least expecting it and for no obvious reason, similar to that of a series of waves, each of which are not individually unmanageable but when symptoms are extreme they can become overwhelming.
You may feel as though your life is threatened and have a strong sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety, along with a profound feeling of being unwell.
Panic attacks are becoming more common in young people in their 20’s and 30’s. In the UK approximately 1 in 100 people experience panic attacks. Triggers may include a major life transition, illness, stress, or an accumulation of factors which can build up to tipping point or extreme reaction.
Panic attack may be accompanied with other symptoms:
- Severe tightening of the chest,
- Irregular heart beat, palpations
Acupuncture takes a holistic view of the relationship between the way the body works and how this affects emotions as working together in symbiosis. A healthy, balanced body is reflected in balanced emotions, in the same way, an emotional condition that is excessive or prolonged can become the cause of physiological imbalance By understanding the symptoms in the context of which they occur within each individual will help to establish a unique strategy of acupuncture treatment. The aim is to influence change on the subtle energy level of ‘Qi’ which aids healthy function and balance throughout the whole body. Sensations of anxiety or panic serve as an important basic survival function that is activated whenever we perceive danger or threat. These sensations are a natural part of the body's “fight and flight” response. They are caused by the flow of adrenaline and other chemicals that prepare the body to make a quick getaway from danger. With panic attacks, the fear is unreasonable, but the response is the same.
Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of panic attacks. Acupuncture helps to calm the mind, relieves anxiety and helps to reduce stress
Increasingly, western scientific research demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, which influences the body's communication substances, hormones and neurotransmitters. The resulting biochemical changes stimulate the body's self-regulating homeostatic systems, promoting natural healing abilities and physical and emotional well-being. How effective we are in our ability to cope when we are faced with a difficult and stressful situations can also be helped by developing positive and often small changes in lifestyle